I am a user experience and product designer with more than sixteen years’ experience acros a broad range of industries and mediums. I'm currently a Manager of Product Design at Foundation Medicine, and have previously worked at firms such as Arnold Worldwide, Korn Design, Adam & Company, SapientNitro, Alphabet Arm Design, and a few others. I have produced work for clients including Carnival Cruise Line, Fidelity, John Frieda, Marriott, New Balance, Pepsi Co., Progressive Insurance, Santander Bank, Timberland, and many others. I revel in making complex workflows simple, usable, and beautiful.

email: ira at iracummings dot com

twitter: @irafcummings

dribbble: profile

 

Design Process

  • Lead large design efforts, including product redesigns and brand launches
  • Strategic focus, with a concentration on finding the overlap of user needs and business goals
  • Effective project management skills with the ability to simultaneously oversee multiple projects from the conception stage to final execution
  • High attention to detail with a focus on driving success towards project goals and big-picture objectives

Design Tooling

  • Expert on industry standard applications including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Sketch
  • Skilled at prototyping with InVision, Principle, Sketch, and Axure
  • Enough knowledge of HTML and CSS to break things
  • Thorough knowledge of web standards, best practices, responsive design, and accessibility

Résumé

Foundation Medicine

Manager, Product Design | 2018–Present
  • Lead and manage the group of product designers to support both external and internal software
  • Coach reports to provide day-to-day feedback as well as fostering growth and professional development
  • Hire and grow the team of designers to support additional products across the company’s portfolio
  • Advocate for a user-centered approach throughout the business by proactively reaching out to stakeholders, product leads, engineering leads, and senior management throughout the company
  • Develop the culture of the overall design group by initiating group activities, work sessions, and offsites

Foundation Medicine

Senior UX Designer | 2017–Present
  • Lead redesign of a new reporting product from the ground up
  • Create single sign-up and merge log in flows for all public applications
  • Work closely with stakeholders in all parts of the business to deliver impactful design solutions
  • Document and codify design team processes for maintainability, scalability & sustainability

Arnold Worldwide

Associate Creative Director UX/UI | 2014–2017
  • Act as design lead on interactive projects
  • Interface directly with Client Stakeholders, Producers, and Developers to see projects through from inception to completion
  • Provide guidance and direction for junior designers and art directors to advocate for users throughout the process and ensure a high standard of quality

Korn Design

Senior Designer | 2012–2014
  • Lead projects from the discovery phase through to strategy and into execution of proposed brand strategy
  • Work as creative lead on interactive projects, including the creation of site architecture, design of UX and UI, in addition to liaising with development partners
  • Manage junior staff while coordinating with creative directors
  • Oversee all aspects of projects, including working closely with clients and outside service vendors

Adam & Company

Designer | 2012
  • Developing brand communications for a variety of clients,  with a focus on lifestyle-oriented projects
  • Design elements of seasonal campaigns that included print and web media

A Few Others

Since 2002
  • My career up to this point has been varied and engaging. If you have questions about the full breadth of my experience, don't hesitate to get in touch.